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Much of Britain’s secondhand clothing, from bring banks and charities goes abroad for re-use  - an estimated 540,000 tonnes a year, or about 70%, according to the government-backed Waste Resources Action Programme, WRAP.  This a government-funded organisation that works to prevent waste. It has a section which looks at all aspects of Textiles. For general enquiries T: 0808 100 2040.

‘About 73,000 tonnes of clothing, worth about £70m are ditched in the UK in the first month of the year.’ The Guardian 12/01.2013. gives good information about why we should support the production and purchase of organic cotton and wool.